Band of the Week: Twenty One Pilots

About three months ago now, one of my roommates came to me and said, “YouTube ‘Twenty One Pilots – Car Radio’ and tell me what you think.”

I normally am hesitant on YouTubing random bands because I like to be the first one to hear a band (I’ve gotten much better in these three short months about this – believe me).  But I had just finished homework and had nothing to do so I obliged and YouTubed ‘Twenty One Pilots – Car Radio.’  I am so glad I YouTubed them.

Twenty One Pilots consists of just two members – Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun – and they can see into my soul, and read my mind without even meeting me.  In many of their songs, Joseph so eloquently ‘raps’ out poetry that is so pleasant sounding, while Dun keeps the beat lively, or slowly intense, depending on the situation of the song.  Joseph doesn’t only do the vocals, but also plays piano, keytar, synthesizer, and the ukulele.  He plays the emotional member, while Dun keeps everything going with the rhythm of his drum beats.

Josh Dun and Tyler Joseph of Twenty One Pilots in one of their promo photos found on their website.

Josh Dun and Tyler Joseph of Twenty One Pilots in one of their promo photos found on their website.

I stated a few sentences ago that Joseph ‘raps’ when in reality it is much more powerful and beautiful to be described as rap – there’s nothing wrong with rap, but these lyrics aren’t ‘rapped’ at all – it’s truly art. The duo focuses on meaningful lyrics, and unusual, but catchy, sounds that complement each other wonderfully.  Twenty One Pilots occasionally scream, though not blood-curdling screams like death metal bands, and it’s a visceral feeling.

My favorite song by them is ‘Car Radio,’ but I love everything else by them because, unlike most instantly popular musicians, their music has meaning, and it truly makes you think and feel something even when you think you can’t feel anymore.  Powerful music.  I really want to see this group in concert, and you should want to, too!

Twenty One Pilots in action at their first NYC show at Webster Hall. Photo by Amy Willard - www.amywillard.com

Twenty One Pilots in action at their first NYC show at Webster Hall. Photo by Amy Willard – http://www.amywillard.com

One last bit about the duo.  My favorite line from the group is from their song ‘Holding On to You’ where Joseph uses lyrics from a once popular song and adds his take to it:

Lean with it, rock with it,
When we gonna stop with it,
Lyrics that mean nothing, we were gifted with thought,
Is it time to move our feet to an introspective beat,
It ain’t the speakers that bump hearts, it’s our hearts that make the beat.

Love it.

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Band of the Week: Little People

I apologize for not posting this yesterday.  I really need to get in the habit of not being tangled up in (pointless) things, but nevertheless here it is.

Little People is the Band of the Week, and so far it may be the least well known, but that doesn’t matter around here – quality does!

Little People is actually not a band is the regular sense (drummer, bassist, lead guitarist, lead singer, etc.), but rather one man – Laurent Clerc.  Clerc describes Little People as “downtempo electronic music” that features “beats, bleeps, and real live instrumentation.”

I heard Little People through Pandora Radio on The Xx radio station; a station that is mellow, but leads to alternative and electronic music, among other genres.  My favorite song by Little People is “Moon” and it is a dandy; it is also the first song I heard from Little People so love at first sound.  There is something hypnotic about “Moon” – it makes me more concentrated on thinking about my current task -> be that exercising, writing a blog post, or just thinking about life down the road.  It’s quite the song, and I will dedicate my Wednesday to listening to more of Little People.

You can listen to Little People, and download free music, by going to this website.